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Posted 5 years ago


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This devise looks like a regular beater style drill, but does not have a drill chuck on the head and it is designed to clamp to a table. I'm not sure of it's intended use. It does not have any brand markings or date.

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  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    I'm always intrigued by anything mechanical, are there wear marks on the square piece on top, or marks from a set screw? It definitely drove something has me stumped though.
  2. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    scottscuff, what makes you think it was used to corrugate strips of metal?
  3. packrat-place packrat-place, 5 years ago
    Could we see it from another angle?
  4. Garry, 5 years ago
    Walksoftly, there are no wear marks or set screw marks on the square piece at the top.
    Scotscuff, the topmost piece and the small cog are solidly connected by a shaft running through the casing.
    Packrat-place, I've added 3 more pictures. hopefully that helps.
  5. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    I wonder if it drove something else via a flexible drive shaft.
  6. Garry, 5 years ago
    Scottscuff, the only problem I see with that idea is the clamp at the bottom of the device is designed to attach to a table or work bench. This would place the "mixer" upside down.?
  7. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 5 years ago
    well I thought it was a part of a kitchen tool, a juicer, or reamer, Check this out
  8. Garry, 5 years ago
    Thanks for solving the mystery rocker-sd! Now to find the juicer attachment and complete the unit.
  9. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    I still think I could make it drive something with a flexible drive shaft, who needs juice. :)
  10. Garry, 5 years ago
    Walksoftly, I would have to agree. I've been searching the web for images of one of these units that is complete. Other than the photo Rocker-sd found, I haven't found anything. Quite a mystery and seemingly rather rare.
  11. Garry, 5 years ago
    I'm still baffled by how this thing works. What kind of container goes onto the top square? How does it keep the juice from running all over the crank? The one ebay photo seems to be the only one around of its kind. The more I look at it the more I feel I'm missing something.
  12. Garry, 5 years ago
    Should it have some kind of grinding device or a hopper of some kind?
  13. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    When you turn the crank is the handle above or below the square drive?
  14. Garry, 5 years ago
    it is almost level with the top of the square drive....maybe a 1/4" below.
  15. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    This thing is designed to operate at a high RPM with that gear ratio, & your hand has to clear whatever sits on top.
  16. Garry, 5 years ago
    Sounds like a great idea.....maybe it was the first "powered" toothbrush! lol
  17. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 5 years ago
    O.K. I'll try to pull this out of the toilet. Here is another, complete example of a table mount juicer. While the bottom does not match yours, the top show what your probably missing.
    And here is why we all need our juice..
  18. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    This round goes to rocker-sd, that looks like a handy thing to have if you have a bag of oranges/lemons to juice. So much fun you could talk your kids into doing it for you.
    Damn OCD kept me looking for hours till I couldn't see straight, should have gone & had a Tequila Sunrise.
  19. Garry, 5 years ago
    Thanks rocker-sd. Now the puzzle is complete. All I need to do is find a reamer and strainer and I'm all set. Juice anyone?
  20. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Yes, make it a double please :)

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